In 1996, Masaki Batoh, who'd spent the previous decade recording, playing and living in a hippie communal environment with the heavy chamber folk outfit Ghost, formed a new unit to play in a different manner. He'd just finished making an incredible new Ghost album, Lama Rabi Rabi, but making music with Ghost was a spiritual endeavor; and for a change, Batoh wanted just to enjoy the playing of the kind of music that he and his musical friends had grown up with; the '70s sounds of British, American and Japanese rock.
Help Your Satori Mind is a result of things they just naturally jammed on during a couple of sessions! Along with Batoh were fellow Ghost members Fuji on congos and Michio Kurihara (a modern psychedelic rock guitar god, previously in White Heaven, and eventually joining with Damon and Naomi). Also invited were notoriously crazy drummer virtuoso Futoshi Okano from Osaka's heavy rock trio, Subvert Blaze, bassist Chiyo Kamekawa from Yura Yura Teikoku and organist/pianist Jun Koto from Kakashi. Together, they were Cosmic Invention!
Originally, Help Your Satori Mind was released by The Now Sound, who'd previously issued two Batoh solo records, both of which became available on Drag City (as Collected Works), which folded not long after the Cosmic Invention release. The sound of Cosmic Invention was equal parts exploratory and explosive, accessing classical modes of psychedelic and progressive rock and roll music. It is the kind of item to be unearthed in a sarcophagus many years later - and at 20 years and counting, now is a good time! This marks Help Your Satori Mind's first appearance on LP, the vinyl giving new depth to their multi-hued, raw rock performances. It's the first appearance of the aptly-titled "Long Jamming", which wasn't included on the original release.